First of all, I don;t think Incra makes a lift, although you might be
referring to one of the Woodpeckers (woodpeck.com) lift, they make the
lifts gold, so they end up looking like other Incra stuff.
Anyway, you should find several shaper vs router-on-a-table discussions
in the archives of this and other forums.
The last consensus I heard about the issue was this: A shaper is a
rather advanced and dangerous machine, so in that sense it is better to
start with a router. If you get a router + router table, you can take
the router off and use it freehand, something you cannot do with a
shaper. Also shaper blades are mroe expensive.
The note that stuck with me was that a shaper is more dangerous than a
router (think of the big spinning blade), so I will not look into a
shaper until I know I need it.
On 23 Jan 2004 20:48:26 GMT, email@example.com (LtET9) wrote:
Router / table - Cheaper bits, less power, slower work, less capacity
(width wise) of profile, router can be used out of the table, no
Shaper - more power, cutter can be wider, most can take router bits,
but without the RPMs of the router, not portable, faster for
production work, reversible.
Bottom line? What do you want to do?
Make your own crown molding in large qtys, with custom profiles? Lots
of raised panels? Get a shaper.
General edge shaping, access to a large number of reasonably priced
stock bits, maybe take it to the work, rather than the work coming to
the tool? Get a variable speed router.
If you don't have a router, and plan on doing general woodworking, by
all means, get a router first. In fact, if you have to ask, you're
probably better off with a router.
I was looking at the same trade recently -- some of the lower end shapers
also support router bits and so you can get a router / shaper that acts much
like a router table
ok -- so whats the ringer ? -- well a shaper table seems to top out at
10000RPM, while routers operate at twice that speed.
My choice > the woodpecker lift and the 7518 router -- nice combo
Take a look at the big Milwuakee router. Its about the same price as the PC
7518, and has above the table adjustment, which eliminates the need for a lift.
One draw back is that it doesn't raise the bit high enough to remove while in
the table, but I'm more that willing to lift the router and plate out to change
bits in return for saving the price of a lift!.
While thats a good choice I suppose a cheaper and proven method would be the
Hitachi M12 $129-159 around the web, and a Router Raizer. If you havent
looked into these things man take a look! Its about $89 and worth every
penny. Fits a slew of plunge routers and their website is a wealth of
information. www.routertechnologies.com Take a look you'll be glad you did.
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